Girls hoopsters head north on Friday2/5/09

Trip follows two consecutive defeats

Feb. 5, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After losses at Rice Memorial High on Friday and at home to high flying Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans on Tuesday, the 7-8 Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team will travel north to Newport and North Country Union High on Friday in hopes of getting back into the victory column.

The Redhawks bopped the Falcons, 48-26, in Hinesburg in early January.

The next home game for coach Stan Williams’ crew is Tuesday, when a 7-7 (entering this week) St. Johnsbury Academy team hits town.

BFA, one of the Division 1 elite, laid a 50-32 defeat on the Redhawks even while missing veteran senior center Nicole Lawton, who was out with a leg injury. She was expected to play later this week when the 14-1 Comets host Burlington High, the team that nipped them earlier in the season.

CVU stayed with big and quick BFA through the first quarter, but the Comets took charge in the second reel, pushing a narrow 10-8 lead to 27-15 by halftime as the suddenly chilly Redhawks hit just two of 14 second-period shots.

Senior Tiffany Johnson, an all-around frontcourt-backcourt performer, was the principal individual in the BFA surge, knocking in a rebound shot, a free throw and two long range stop and pops — one of them a trey — that helped the Comets run a precarious 14-11 lead to a more threat proof 25-13 advantage.

Johnson did some of everything, finishing the game with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

Leading 27-15 at the break, BFA hit nine straight points at the start of the third quarter to put it away.

Williams, despite the score, felt his team played reasonably well.

“We got good shots but just could not finish them,” the coach said.

CVU was 14 for 53 for the game, a polar 26 percent clip. BFA took 10 fewer shots but went 19 for 43, a much warmer 44 percent.

Working against a sizeable Comet front line, Allison Gannon led CVU with 14 points and nine rebounds. Guards Amanda Kinneston and Kate Bashaw raised some defensive havoc with three steals each. Shea Hulburt came off the bench and hauled in five rebounds.

Speedy guard Keely Garcia added 12 points for BFA, including two distant treys.

At Rice, CVU fell behind 27-10 by halftime, but then came roaring back to close to within four points before bowing 53-43.

Gannon had 11 points and Bashaw eight for the Redhawks.

The BFA junior varsity scored a 37-30 victory over the Little Hawks, who will take an 11-3 mark to North Country.

BFA (50)

Johnson 6 4-5 17, LaBarge 1 3-6 5, Vanderber-Ulrich 2 1-2 5, S. Garcia 2 1-2 5, K. Garcia 5 0-2 12, Oakes 1 0-0 2, Larose 2 0-0 4, L. Lawton 0 0-0 0, Callan 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-17 50.

CVU (32)

Russ 0 0-0 0, Lalancette 2 0-0 4, Gannon 5 4-7 14, Evans 1 0-0 2, Bashaw 1 0-0 2, Berry 1 0-2 2, Kinneston 2 0-0 4, Kohlasch 1 0-0 2, Hulbert 0 0-0 0, Rock 0 0-0 0, Giles 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 4-9 32.

BFA        10    17    18    5 – 50

CVU        8    7    6    11 – 32